This is the most stupid thing ever coming from Microsoft!
"Microsoft plans to offer PC makers steep discounts on Windows XP Home Edition to encourage them to use that OS instead of Linux on ultra low-cost PCs (ULPCs). To be eligible, however, the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to 10.2 inches and hard drives to 80G bytes, and they cannot offer touch-screen PCs."
Microsoft will sell XP Home for $26 to $32, but only if the devises are "not too good" The price it self is really good news but the limits are not.
CPU: Up to 1GHz single-core, Via C7-M up to 1.6GHz, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
RAM: up to 1GB
Screen: No bigger than 10.2 inch, No touch
HDD: Up to 80GB
I could agree some of the limits... but no touch?? Does Microsoft really think it could eat Tablet PC sales? Or UMPC sales?
We don't want Vista on the small and mobile computers as it does not work on them!!
The worst thing is that this could actually effect on touchscreens overall..
It might make oem to not make touch at all as they may not want to make different devices for different OS...
So if a small MID has super cheap price and touch it can't have XP now?
Just plain stupidity!
Saturday, May 10, 2008